Friday, November 23, 2012
Family, friends, yourself?
Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — seems to start earlier every year. Stores (big and small) offer huge discounts, and crowds wait for hours for the doors to open. And when they do, watch out for a stampede. Tony Walter, a waiter at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, will spend Thanksgiving evening shopping at the Walmart on Richmond Highway and the Target store at Potomac Yard. "I'm shopping for me, and I already know exactly what I'm getting," Walter told Patch. "I only started doing this last year, because I had the extra cash and I realized that I could get a 40-inch flatscreen television at Walmart for $200 and an all-in-one printer for $35." Walter, 27, hopes to buy an Xbox 360 with a wired Internet connection ($229) and an …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Target, Kmart included in turkey day sales. Is it too early to start Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: Area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year — starting Thanksgiving Day, right after you put away the pumpkin pie. Walmart, Target and Kmart are planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Why doze off in a turkey slump watching football when you can be out taking care of holiday shopping business? Walmart will offer, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, holiday gifts for the entire family while supplies last. That includes an electric scooter for $79, a steam mop for $39 or men's jeans for $9.50. (Why do mom and dad always get the boring presents?) Target's deals begin an hour later, at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Witches, princesses and Big Bird are popular nationally; local kids are looking for creepy, gory costumes.
This year, trick-or-treaters, pampered (and/or tortured) pets and partygoers all over the U.S. will dress up in spooky, adorable, cute or funny costumes and hit the town for Halloween. Some local kids are looking for creepier costumes this year, said Harold Grabes, general manager of the Party City on Frontier Drive. “This season, they’re going more gory and haunted,” Grabes said. “For every kid that asks for something like Luigi, I get about ten more asking for the Grim Reaper.” Ryan Whalen, a sales representative at Target on Richmond Highway, said he has received a lot of calls from people who are interested in Avengers-related costumes for their children. However, Whalen said Target does stock some of their other commonly popular …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Party City and Target are getting requests for more gory costumes and Avengers costumes.
It’s that time of year again. The time when you can put your old self to the side and take on a totally new personality or character. Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to think about what you want to be on the scariest night of the year. Like every year, many local stores have a list of costumes for all ages. However, there are some Halloween costume ideas that seem to be more popular than others this year. Harold Grabes, general manager of the Party City on Frontier Drive, said even the kids are looking for creepier costumes this season. “This season, they’re going more gory and haunted,” Grabes said. “For every kid that asks for something like Luigi, I get about 10 more asking for the Grim Reaper.” Grabes said …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Burke resident dies of gunshot wound.
We have published a follow-up to this story with information and resources to help the community cope with and heal from this tragic event. Read it here: Suicide Prevention and Survivor Healing UPDATED 5:00 p.m. A 56-year-old Burke woman died from a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday, according to Fairfax County Police. “Preliminarily, our detectives believe this shooting was self-inflicted,” said Lucy Caldwell, Fairfax County Police Public Information Officer. “The final determination, however, will be made by the Office of the Medical Examiner.” The woman’s identity will be released once next of kin are notified. Police responded to the Target store in Burke at about noon today for the report of a shooting. Witnesses report seeing EMS …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Major renovations scheduled to begin in July will leave only the anchor stores intact.
Springfield Mall will close all stores except the anchor department stores come July, according to tenants at the mall. Macy's, Target and JCPenney will remain open as New York-based Vornado Realty Trust begins a two-year renovation of the property. Shopper Mary Yastishock said she remembered Princess Diana’s 1985 visit to Springfield Mall. “It’s changed so much since then,” she said. "For two decades, coming here has been like watching a neighborhood die.” Her college-aged daughter Alex agreed. “I remember coming as a child to visit Santa and ride the carousel, then as a teen to the movie theaters,” she said. “This used to be a really happening place.” “Now we come to see which stores have closed,” said Mary. “It seems forever they’ve …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Retailer announced it's launching "The Shops at Target."
"Using the shop-in-shop design (like the designer shops you see in department stores like Bloomingdales) Target will fill mini store fronts with handpicked specialty boutiques from around the country," reported the Huffington Post. "The Shops" will launch both in-store and online on May 6, featuring five first-round boutiques: The boutiques will be open for six weeks, then replaced with another set of shops in the fall. In addition, Target announced plans to test mini-Apple shops in 25 stores. No details were provided.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Walmart and K-Mart are open on Thanksgiving; other stores open very early Friday.
Fairfax County Police and the Office of Consumer Affairs offered security tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping in a live online chat and corresponding video (attached), as shoppers prepare to begin the Holiday retail season. Walmart in Burke and K-Mart in Springfield are open Thanksgiving Day. Other area department stores are scheduled to open in the wee hours of Friday morning. Best Buy (Springfield) Opens at 12 a.m. J C Penny (Springfield) Opens at 4 a.m. K-Mart (Springfield) Open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Open Black Friday, Nov. 25, 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. Kohl’s (Burke) Opens at 12 a.m. Macys (Springfield) Opens at 12 a.m. Target (Burke) Opens at 12 a.m. Target (Springfield) Opens at 12 a.m. Walmart (Burke) Open …
Friday, November 18, 2011
The four days of Black Friday Weekend comprise the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
Up to 152 million shoppers are expected to visit stores and websites during Black Friday Weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. The group said last year some 212 million shoppers spent about $45 billion over the four days. Preparations are well underway for what's become known as the start of the holiday shopping season. Lydia Dishmah, writing in Forbes, provides an overview of "apps designed to help consumers shop smarter, faster and cheaper." Shopkick, for example, enables shoppers to earn reward points just by opening the app in entrance area of participating stores. Target is one local retailer taking part. There's an official Black Friday website, TheBlackFriday.com, featuring Black Friday ads, sales information, and …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Hundreds enjoyed Target's celebration; others participated in neighborhood events.
Tuesday evening, hundreds of area residents participated in the 28th annual National Night Out. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is is a community-building campaign begun in 1984 to: Target, the national corporate sponsor for National Night Out, hosted a festival complete with live music, dance entertainment, food, and safety demonstrations from 6 to 9 p.m. in their Fairfax store parking lot. Other festivities were hosted across the county by community organizations.